Expand your creative vision with the Z f
An iconic form meets exceptional function with the new Z f, Nikon’s latest Z series mirrorless camera built to inspire creativity
Sydney Australia - 20 September 2023 - Nikon introduces the Z f, a mirrorless camera, balancing a heritage design inspired by an iconic Nikon film camera with the latest in superior performance. Equipped with a full-frame sensor and the same EXPEED 7 image-processing engine as the mirrorless flagship Nikon Z 9, it enables advanced capturing of still image and videos. In addition to its outstanding operability and a sophisticated design, the Z f features cutting-edge technologies, including exceptional AF and VR performance, that meet the needs of creators pursuing their individual forms and styles of expression.
“The Z f will enable creators to harness their craft and release their creative vision through the introduction of new world experiences. Combined with the latest EXPEED 7 processing engine, the Z f is the first Nikon camera with a dedicated monochrome selector, full frame camera with a Vari-angle screen, and to incorporate focus point VR,” said John Young, General Manager of International Marketing, International Business Division of the Imaging Group, Nikon Australia.
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Z f PRIMARY FEATURES
Push boundaries, express individuality
Designed to encourage users’ expressions of their individuality, the Z f is newly equipped with a dedicated monochrome selector. Create magical monochromatic photos and videos with the addition of Flat Monochrome and Deep Tone Monochrome settings, adding to the conventional Monochrome setting. Users can simply switch to Black and White mode and focus on creating images that consider light and shadows while shooting. With the new monochrome selector, users can opt for a wide range of scenes, from landscapes to portraits.
Capture stills and videos as you imagine them with the Picture Control and Creative Picture Control functions. Applicable for both stills and videos, these functions enable users to use colour to express the feelings, temperature, and atmosphere of their subject at the time it was captured. Wedding and portrait photographers seeking flexibility in their captures will appreciate the new Rich Tone Portrait setting, which allows for rich tones while retaining the skin details of their subjects. Choose from 20 kinds of Creative Picture Control and 11 kinds of Picture Control, and finish with confirming the chosen effect with through-the-lens images in real-time.
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New expressions, expand possibilities
The Z f features enhanced video performance allowing for more authentic production of stills and videos. With H.265 10-bit in-camera recording and N-Log/HLG recording support, subjects such as landscapes, architecture, and portraits that have delicate details can be beautifully and accurately depicted. Users can also shoot with minimum gear and without the need for an external recorder. With up to 125 minutes1 of 4K UHD/60p2 video recording, the Z f enables full-scale video recording with sufficient recording duration. In addition, it supports the recording of 4K UHD video using 6K oversampling3, enabling creation of high-resolution videos. The camera also features Video S mode, which enables users to control auto exposure with a fixed shutter speed. This is especially useful as the brightness changes outdoors from bright sunlight to shaded.
Introducing pixel-shift shooting; an all-new feature with the Z f. Capturing high-definition images of detailed subjects is now possible thanks to this advanced feature. Users can now shoot multiple NEF (RAW) files while shifting image sensor positions utilising in-camera VR when the camera is fixed with a tripod or other equipment. Through NX Studio, it merges multiple NEF (RAW) files; select 4 shots/8 shots/16 shots/32 shots. The resulting images can be compiled to produce high-definition images with increased resolution and colour reproduction, reduced moiré, false colour, and noise – ideal for subjects with a lot of details such as art objects, insects, and minerals.
Advanced functionality, exceptional optical performance
With the Z f, enjoy superior AF performance with wide support from easy to more difficult shoots. The AF-area mode includes 3D-tracking in photo mode and subject-tracking in video mode, and an improved tracking capability when moving subjects like pets and vehicles are detected, thanks to EXPEED 7 image processor.
Users can focus on framing their shots as the AF detects different subjects in frame, without the need to change settings. Not only can the AF detect human faces of approximately 3% in size (which is the world’s smallest4), it also enables easy focusing in low-light situations down to -10 EV5 such as during nighttime, moonlit landscapes, and indoor portraits. EXPEED 7 also enables nonstop shooting at the maximum continuous shooting speed, regardless of the AF-area modes.
Users will also be able to capture small, difficult-to-focus subjects like distant subjects in a wide coverage area with high accuracy, enabling them to shoot their intended composition quickly. This is thanks to the Z f’s wider range coverage and the increase in the number of focus points available with auto-area AF.
Whether capturing portraits or snapshots of people, achieve the intended expression regardless of the environment you’re in, with the combination of superior AF performance and wide support to capture easy and more difficult shots. Thanks to EXPEED 7, users can capture dark scenes beautifully as noise is suppressed even when ISO sensitivity is increased, thereby expanding the range of shooting dark scenes such as night landscapes and indoor portraits.
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The Z f features enhanced VR performance; the in-camera Vibration Reduction of 8.0 stops6 expands the range of handheld shooting to include low-light indoor and long exposure shots. For the first time ever7, focus point VR8 has been incorporated to suppress blur near the focus point in an image, even in compositions where the subject is positioned at the periphery. This enables users to casually shoot handheld, regardless of the brightness and composition, and thereby expand their range of expressions.
The Z f also boasts a few more firsts: It is fitted with a Vari-angle monitor in the full-frame/FX-format Z series, which enables flexibility when composing stills or video shots such as overhead, low angle for shooting feet, or selfies. It also has a touch-operation camera in the Z series, allowing users to easily change settings via touch operation on the monitor while focusing on framing their composition from the viewfinder.
Sophisticated design, effortless operability
Delight in your creative-filled pursuits with the meticulously crafted Z f. Inheriting the FM2’s philosophy of going beyond an entry model, the Z f features a glossy black finish with a sophisticated feel on a magnesium body and a grip that provides a good hold with FX lenses. Its brass dials focus on the quality of material combined with a comfortable operational feel. In addition, users can choose from 6 different colours9 in premium embossed leather exterior.
1 H.265 8-bit (MOV), [Auto temperature cutout]: [High], at 23°C/73°F, using EN-EL15c Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, and USB power supply. Use of the recommended memory card is advised.
2 In DX image area.
3 4K UHD/30p, 25p, 24p recording is only available at an image area setting of [FX].
4 Based on Nikon research as of August 2, 2023.
5 In photo mode at ISO 100 and a temperature of 20°C/68°F using single-servo AF (AF-S), single-point AF (center) and a lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.2.
6 Based on CIPA Standards. When using the telephoto end of the NIKKOR Z 24-120mm f/4 S with NORMAL mode.
7 Among mirrorless cameras available as of August 2, 2023. Statement based on Nikon research.
8 Not effective when a NIKKOR Z lens with built-in VR is used, AF-area mode is set to [Auto-area AF] and multiple focus points are displayed, or video recording is in progress.
9 Colours would depend on the region.